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  1. Journalists see red over ambulance secrecy rule

    Posted Feb 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Simpson Cheung simpson.cheung@scmp.com Internal guidelines prevent the Fire Services Department from telling the media about cases involving an ambulance unless at least eight people were ... An association study found the department released an average of only one in 10 incident reports involving ambulances since it fully adopted a digital command and control communications system ...

  2. Ambulance breakdown delays treatment

    Posted Jun 20th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai A woman with heart pain received emergency treatment nine minutes late after an ambulance broke down on its way to Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday, the Fire Services Department said. The vehicle, which was 10 years old and had a maintenance check this month, broke down near 66 Waterloo Road at 2.05pm. A replacement vehicle picked up the patient at 2.14pm. ...

  3. Another ambulance breaks down

    Posted Jul 31st 2008, 12:00am by Danny Mok

    ... Danny Mok Another ambulance broke down yesterday, one day after the head of the Fire Services Department conceded that some of its ambulances had a serious ageing problem and it was looking to accelerate the fleet's upgrade. The vehicle was on its way to an ambulance depot when the engine stopped in the Kai Tak Tunnel and could not be restarted. It had to be towed away. ...

  4. Ambulances obstructed by drivers

    Posted Nov 19th 2007, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam Director of Fire Services Kwok Jing-keung said three cases involving drivers who had obstructed the work of ambulances were reported in the first six months of the year. All ... last year to monitor the performance of frontline paramedics, and would strengthen training if necessary. Mr Kwok said the ambulance service had improved, as fire engines and emergency medical ...

  5. Lecturer dies after ambulance mix-up

    Posted Nov 19th 2003, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo A lecturer who collapsed at the Institute of Vocational Education in Kowloon Tong died yesterday after an apparent mix-up involving ambulance staff delayed his arrival at a hospital by about half an hour. The Fire Services Department promised to investigate the delay, which apparently came after three ambulance crew members- including the driver- thought they were ...

  6. Fire chief defends plan to outsource ambulance duties

    Posted Feb 13th 2006, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam A fire chief has defended a plan that allows other medical and health service providers to handle ambulance duties to help reduce the heavy workload of paramedics. The comment ... Fire Services Department director Joe Kwok Jing-keung said duties outsourced to the Auxiliary Medical Service (AMS) were mainly non-emergency calls for ambulances or requests for hospital ...

  7. Letters

    Posted Jan 29th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Airport ambulances I refer to the letter 'Missing airport doctor?' (January 17) in which the correspondent asked about the qualifications of the ambulance crews at Hong Kong International Airport. At present, there are two fire services paramedic ambulances stationed inside the airport to provide emergency ambulance services round the clock. The ambulances are manned ...

  8. Paramedics question emergency access plan for park

    Posted Aug 29th 2005, 12:00am by Winnie Yeung

    ... ambulances. Wat Ki-on, chairman of the Fire Services Department Ambulancemen's Union, also feared getting help to the scene of an accident inside the park might be delayed by restricted access. Mr Wat estimated that based on a daily attendance of 30,000, the ambulances would have to respond to at least 20 emergency calls each day. But Disney insisted ambulances would have unfettered ...

  9. Emergency services back down on secrecy

    Posted Mar 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... stuck to its policy of not providing details of any ambulance-service incidents in which fewer than eight people were injured, but it backed down after it came under fire for not reporting a crash involving one of its own ambulances and a motorcycle in Sha Tin for 11 hours. Police reported the accident to the media one hour and 20 minutes after it happened. The cycle's rider, ...

  10. Life savers

    Posted Nov 14th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ambulance officers practise resuscitation skills used to revive heart attack victims. The Fire Services Department has trained more than 4,000 security guards in resuscitation for its heart-saver scheme, which was launched in March. The free scheme will be extended to nurses in 7,000 homes for the elderly. The department received about 470,000 emergency ambulance calls in the first ...




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